I don’t know who spoke first — Steve Davis or I. When I was at Giant at North Point Village in the checkout line buying several packages of cream cheese, he said, “Someone likes cream cheese.” His tone was friendly and non-intrusive. His line was delivered in such a way that I could ignore it or take the bait. You know me; I never back away from a friendly face and a good chat.
“Oh yes…I’m creating a cheesecake recipe and I need lots of cream cheese to do several tests.” I enjoy inventing my own recipes.”
Steve took my bait and succinctly shared a shrimp-cream-cheese recipe. Then he revealed, “I’ve been cooking since the age of five. One of my first things I made was cookies. Take one cup of peanut butter, one cup of sugar, one egg, stir it up and add chocolate chips.”
“That’s it?” I said.
“That’s it,” he replied.
We packed a lot in during the time it took him to check out my order and get it bagged. Steve has a knack for knowing how much to talk and still get the job done. It seems he got his schooling in cooking at home and from working in restaurants. (There might be more to the story, but you know, we only had a brief time in the checkout line.)
I told Steve about this blog, snapped his photo, and asked him if I could share his recipe.
“Sure,” he said, “I’m not a special feller; I’m just a plain ‘ole country boy in the city.”
The Other Night
Steve works nights, usually the time I am doing my shopping. I was in Giant late one night last week and I asked my checkout guy if he was there. He smiled wryly and said, “Everyone asks for Steve. He talks to all the customers, they love him.”
“Oh, you mean I’m not special?”
“All our customers at Giant are special,” he replied.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
Mix the three ingredients and add about a cup of chocolate chips. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degree oven. Check the time as it depends on your oven.